Former ISI official's body found in FATA

Published: April 30, 2010
he body of Khalid Khawaja (above), a former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer, was dumped in North Waziristan (AFP)

he body of Khalid Khawaja (above), a former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer, was dumped in North Waziristan (AFP)

MIRANSHAH: Former ISI official and reported friend of Osama bin Laden was found dead in a lawless region on Friday with a note accusing him of spying for the United States, security officials said.

The body of Khalid Khawaja, a former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer, was dumped in Mir Ali town in North Waziristan, an intelligence official said.

A note attached to his body accused him of spying for the United States and killing innocent people during the 2007 government siege of radical Islamists holed up in a mosque in the capital Islamabad, the official added.

“Khalid Khawaja received two bullets, one to the head and second to his chest,” the intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another local intelligence official confirmed the incident.

Khawaja went missing with another former military officer and a journalist in March while travelling to North Waziristan, a stronghold of Afghan Taliban, al Qaeda and foreign Islamist militants.

A previously unknown group calling themselves Asian Tigers claimed to have kidnapped the group and sent a video of Khawaja to the media.

An email purportedly sent by the faction on Friday said they killed Khawaja because the government did accept conditions for his release. “Khalid Khwaja is no more,” said a copy of the email seen by AFP.

“The ISI and government didn’t take it seriously,” it added.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Nadir El-Edroos
    Apr 30, 2010 - 7:49PM

    Its quite ironic and tragic at the same time that Khalid Khwaja who sometime appeared as an apologist for the Taliban died at the hands of those he seemed to admire so much.Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2010 - 9:57PM

    Oh OH. Sorry to hear that.Recommend

  • Raheel Amer
    May 1, 2010 - 2:12AM

    Quid Pro QuoRecommend

  • May 1, 2010 - 2:31AM
  • Hamza
    May 1, 2010 - 4:01AM

    You play with fire, you might get burnt….Recommend

  • Uzair.Javaid
    May 1, 2010 - 4:15AM

    He Actually was spying for US against Pakistan. Many military analysts were already suspecting his role as being (a human rights activist) very active against the arrest of 5 US citizens in Sargodha who are alleged of carrying out militant activities. He also was assumed to have taken Col.Imam with him either to show him as abducted by terrorists or something else, whereas analysts suggest he would have taken him to hand him over to the US covert operatives and show to the world as abducted.

    Still he is killed on charges of spying for the US, by whom?? that stays mystery as Asian Tigers is an outfit never heard of.Recommend

  • Uzair.Javaid
    May 1, 2010 - 8:23AM

    As to post above. I may also add to the story that Khalid Khawaja was forced to retire from the Pakistan AirForce during the reign of Gen.Zia-ul-Haq, while he was serving as a squadron leader.Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 3:49PM

    This is very sad news. Khalid Khawaja was in fact a true Muslim and Pakistani and he was on a noble mission striving for a peace treaty between Pak Army and Taliban but all those elements who don’t want peace in Pakistan have murdered him. I think that much more deep conspiracies are there behind his killings and it’s blame on him to be a double agent. He was a straight forward person.Recommend

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